(1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) – “…so that you will not grieve…”
Truth has an amazing way of aligning our emotions with the heart of God. It brings us to a place of seeing God’s perspective.
In this case, Paul desired for a few truths to bring comfort to the believers regarding those in Christ who had already died.
As in 1 Corinthians 15, Paul’s argument for the future hope of glorification is rooted in the glorious resurrection of Christ.
Being identified with Him guarantees our new life and an eternal hope.
Side note, he doesn’t say that the information would keep them from grieving the death of loved ones altogether; he says that these truths would help them grieve differently.
God doesn’t want us to be heartless, but hopeful, especially as we see the bigger picture.
Many people disagree as to the timing of some of these events, and while my point in this isn’t to try to make those things clear, that is an important discussion to have.
The bigger point is the fact that Jesus IS coming back for us. It’s that He hasn’t forgotten about His people. Whether bodily alive or dead, we will ALL see Him face to face.
And for that, I am comforted. To be quite honest, I don’t really care when it happens, I’m just glad it WILL happen.
“It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority…you shall be my witnesses…” (Acts 1:7-8)